As an author, reader, mother, and life-long book addict (ask my husband if you don’t believe me, about the last point, I mean), I am constantly amazed by the unique mix of characteristics that female author bring to the table. (This is in no way intended to belittle you male authors out there. I certainly welcome your comments as to what makes male writers tick!) Tireless computer warrior, imaginative tale weaver, insatiable researcher, and driven marketing specialist, not to mention, tear-drier-in-chief, chauffeur, and four star chef.
I like to think much of it should be attributed to our great talent for multi-tasking, which is a valuable trait for any woman, but is absolutely essential once you become a mother – the whole “men’s minds are waffles while women’s are spaghetti” train of thought. Making grocery lists in your head while running the vacuum, thinking up plot points during the car pool, imaging your next blog post at the playground, overseeing homework while not burning the meal, and chasing the elusive idea that slips your mind when you hear “MOMMY!!!!!”…we’ve all been there.
And yet, we still persevere. Dinner may be cold, you may have left your purse in the grocery cart, somehow you missed the gym yet again, and you can’t remember the exact date of your last deadline, but all in all, kids grow and thrive, families eat, books get published, and mommies still get warm hugs before bed each night. Everything is as it should be.
So female writers out there, what makes you tick? How do you balance motherhood, writing, marketing, and more? What things help you maintain sanity?